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Daemon
Posted: Thursday, December 26, 2013 12:00:00 AM
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Man postpones or remembers; he does not live in the present, but with reverted eye laments the past, or, heedless of the riches that surround him, stands on tiptoe to foresee the future.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)
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Posted: Thursday, December 26, 2013 12:42:49 AM
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Emerson was onto something. The contorted posture he describes would seem to account for the high incidence of cervical and ocular strains ("with reverted eye",) fractures to the fifth metatarsal from standing on pointe ("stands on tiptoes",) widespread poverty from being "heedless of the riches that surround him," mental health conditions which result from the combined effects of these physical problems, and lastly the ridicule and even ignominy one would suffer from adopting this bizarre posture in public. Thanks Emerson.
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Posted: Thursday, December 26, 2013 2:17:20 AM

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A different theme, but it reminds me of a section in Robert Burns's last stanza of To A Mouse:

But O! I backward cast an eye on prospects dreary
And forward though I cannot see
I guess and fear.


...or something like that. It also reminds me of the title of a 1971 book by Ram Dass.
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Posted: Thursday, December 26, 2013 7:03:59 AM
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Maybe it's why we have so many self-conceited, bad conceited characters? Some recipes to reconnect with the present tense: love, divorce, tooth pain, lost keys.
Christine
Posted: Thursday, December 26, 2013 8:08:56 AM
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"stands on tiptoe to foresee the future" I love that comment.
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Posted: Thursday, December 26, 2013 11:39:17 AM
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the eternal "now" its' what's happening.
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Posted: Thursday, December 26, 2013 1:46:40 PM

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a walking pigeon goes to considerable effort to see what is ahead of it. I would rather stand on tiptoe.
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Jesus said live for today because yesterday is already gone and tomorrow is not here yet.
I hope this man studied Gods word in the Holy Bible after his testimony of not living in the present!
Christine
Posted: Thursday, December 26, 2013 4:50:57 PM
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timmmiller wrote:
Jesus said live for today because yesterday is already gone and tomorrow is not here yet.
I hope this man studied Gods word in the Holy Bible after his testimony of not living in the present!


Doesn't matter.
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Posted: Thursday, December 26, 2013 6:35:28 PM
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Daemon wrote:
Man postpones or remembers; he does not live in the present, but with reverted eye laments the past, or, heedless of the riches that surround him, stands on tiptoe to foresee the future.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)


Find it in "Essays" IV On Self-Reliance, 1841. http://grammar.about.com/gi/o.htm?zi=1/XJ&zTi=1&sdn=grammar&cdn=education&tm=9&f=00&su=p284.13.342.ip_&tt=2&bt=7&bts=7&zu=http%3A//www.bartleby.com/5/104.html

" Man is timid and apologetic; he is no longer upright; he dares not say “I think,” “I am,” but quotes some saint or sage. He is ashamed before the blade of grass or the blowing rose. These roses under my window make no reference to former roses or to better ones; they are for what they are; they exist with God to-day. There is no time to them. There is simply the rose; it is perfect in every moment of its existence. Before a leaf-bud has burst, its whole life acts; in the fullblown flower there is no more; in the leafless root there is no less. Its nature is satisfied and it satisfies nature in all moments alike. There is no time to it. But man postpones or remembers; he does not live in the present, but with reverted eye laments the past, or, heedless of the riches that surround him, stands on tiptoe to foresee the future. He cannot be happy and strong until he too lives with nature in the present, above time. 23"
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Posted: Thursday, December 26, 2013 7:11:31 PM

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Yet man does live in the present, even if he is consumed by the events of the past and by his plans and ambitions for the future. Like the rose, he is what he is, for better or worse.
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Posted: Thursday, December 26, 2013 11:02:11 PM

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Daemon wrote:
Man postpones or remembers; he does not live in the present, but with reverted eye laments the past, or, heedless of the riches that surround him, stands on tiptoe to foresee the future.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)
And then we can be called by where we want to look, archaics - always peep into the past, stagnats - content with status quo and the greed - always drooling for the future.Anxious
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Posted: Friday, January 3, 2014 4:20:31 PM

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Another goodie in this vein...

"Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift, that's why we call it the present."

~Winnie the Pooh
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